As we are faced with natural disasters on a scale like never before and undeniable climate changes, people are finally becoming aware that it’s our responsibility to save the Earth for future generations.

Fortunately, going green is not something unthinkable or impossible. If you run a small business, going green will not only benefit the environment but your own budget as well?

Making a few small adjustments can make all the difference in your efforts to go green. And the list of these adjustments is not that long either. In fact, here are the 5 most important steps you can take to make your office a greener place.

Buy Used Furniture :

 

If you were considering replacing the furniture in your office, consider buying furniture built from recycled materials. Alternatively, consider getting used furniture from companies like Shore Office Warehouse.

Equipping your office with used furniture reduces the emissions made as the furniture is made, decreases landfill waste, and has the potential to save a lot of trees. Out of 8.8 million tons of reusable office supplies goes to waste every year, staggering 34% is just office furniture. Therefore, buying used office furniture helps deal with a massive landfill problem.

But that’s not the only benefit. People often link used furniture to worn-out, visibly damaged items. But that’s rarely the case. When a large company bankrupts, moves or buys new furniture, their old furniture goes to waste.

In many cases, used furniture pieces are made by quality brands. If you have your eyes set on a specific brand, chances are you can find used furniture pieces from that particular manufacturer.

Use Better Office Supplies :

 

The next big green change you can make in your office is switching to sustainable products for your office. This includes the cleaning products, electronics, light bulbs and other supplies that can make a huge impact on the environment.

By using eco-friendly cleaning products you’ll be eliminating dangerous chemicals that can harm both the environment and your employees.

By replacing your old light bulbs with the LED alternative, you’ll not only be saving the planet but your budget too as these light bulbs are much more efficient and waste less energy.

Switch to Renewable Energy Sources :

 

All the major companies are switching to green power sources such as wind energy and solar power. Since these technologies are more available and affordable than ever, switching to green energy sources has never been easier.

If you live in a state where you can opt-in for a green energy plan, you’ll be saving a lot compared to relying on traditional power sources like gas or coal.

Go Easy on the Thermostat :

 

It’s a real challenge not to leave the air conditioner on during the whole day in the office during the summer. However, that’s dangerously irresponsible as it consumes tremendous amounts of energy. Just switching the thermostat a couple of degrees can save thousands annually. Additionally, you can encourage employees to use fans, window covers, and other means to keep the office cool without relying solely on the HVAC system.

Encourage Eco-Friendly Commuting :

 

Finally, if you encourage your employees to commute and get to the office on foot, by bike or by carpooling together and offer incentives to compensate them, you could drastically reduce your carbon footprint.

Additionally, if you can offer work-from-home arrangements to some employees to minimize your impact on the environment.